By Chris Rossini
When dealing with others, there are two ways to get what you want, one is the way of Liberty, that is, to interact with others on a voluntary basis. The other is the way of tyranny, that is, politics, coercion and force.
It should go without saying that Liberty is the superior of the two. No one should use aggressive force against anyone else. Force is for self-defense only, to repel an aggressor.
At any point in time, one of these two methods of dealing with one another dominates. When the ideas of Liberty animate a critical majority of people, peace and prosperity dominate. When the ideas of tyranny consume people's minds, war and poverty dominate.
It's not complex.
The key for human life to thrive is for the ideas of Liberty to dominate. Yet a quick look at mankind's history shows that this is quite the challenge. It's very easy to slip into the seductive lure of tyranny. It starts out very small, like an innocent little snowball, only to turn into a destructive avalanche down the line.
This is why a man like Thomas Jefferson said that "Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty."
It really is an eternal endeavor. As new generations are born, they are faced with the same choice that confronted Jefferson's generation: Liberty or tyranny? Which will I choose when interacting with others?
Since we are all born with the freedom to choose, the choice of tyranny will always be an option. It's not something that is 'wiped out.' On the flip side, tyranny cannot 'wipe out' Liberty either. Our ability to choose is always there.
So one must always dominate the other.
When you take a casual look at America today, it's quite apparent which one dominates. It seems that everything has become politicized. If someone sneezes, people turn to government to "do something about it."
Censorship is making a comeback. Censorship! How many times has that been tried in the past, only to backfire completely...
Much like the previous British Empire, which was conducting wars all the time, all over the world, the U.S. foolishly became an empire that has done the same exact thing.
Everyone reading this can confidently say that the U.S. has been at war for most of their life!
This is what happens when the ideas of tyranny dominate. This is the state of affairs. With that being the case, it's imperative for those who understand the ideas of Liberty to speak out. The tide has to be turned for tyranny to be the minority opinion, and for Liberty to be something that is cherished once again in America.
It's in each of our own self-interest to speak. When there are less people sold on the ideas of using government to steal from you, that will mean less people with their hands in your pocket. When less people want war, it gives government no excuse to put the entire country under surveillance. You can say goodbye to the surveillance state.
So we each have a very big interest in having the pendulum swing towards Liberty. Staying silent only silently hurts you.
Look at all the people who want government to do their bidding. They're surely not silent! They want what you have and they're not afraid to say so.
So good people need to speak up, but speak up intelligently. The task is to speak ... not "convince," or "make others believe."
You can't spread the message of Liberty like a tyrant.
The best analogy on speaking intelligently would be to picture a farmer with his bag of seeds. He heads out to the soil and starts planting abundantly. That's his job. Plant abundantly.
His job is not to turn the seedling into a vegetable. That's out of his power. He knows that some of the seeds will wash away with the rain. Others will be pecked at by hungry birds. But he knows that there will be those valuable seeds that take root, and those are the ones that he's working for.
So when speaking the ideas of Liberty, the goal is not to "make sure" that the one spoken to comes away believing. That is out of your power.
Many will mock. Many others will laugh. So what? Let the mockers mock, and let the laughers laugh. It's all part of the game.
Our opponents use other methods for spreading their ideas. They try to jam their ideas down your throat. They try to hide the ideas of Liberty. And if you don't agree with them, they start calling you names. What a frustrating way to go about things.
That's not how the side of Liberty goes about it. Our job is to speak (abundantly) and then let it be.
The ideas will take root where they have to, and the pendulum will swing in the direction of Liberty once again.
But speaking is a must.
If the ideas of Liberty reside between your two ears, they can't just stay there. Let the world know that dealing with others voluntarily is the superior way to live.